What is MaxBackService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the MaxBackService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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MaxBackService.exe file information

The process known as MaxBackService Module belongs to software Maxtor Quick Start or MaxBackService Module by Maxtor (

Description: MaxBackService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MaxBackService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 188,416 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 172,032 bytes. 
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The MaxBackService.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. MaxBackService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Maxtor Quick Start).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MaxBackService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the MaxBackService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It really ate up a lot of CPU-Almost 98%-I deleted it & now run much faster.
  Joe in Lakewood, CA  
It's a part of Seagate Backup Manager
  Rudolf Aigner  
Maxtor Backup Service
  Mike Reyes   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of MaxBackService.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think MaxBackService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving MaxBackService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MaxBackService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the MaxBackService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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